American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or position of one that sits.
- n. A period during which one is seated and occupied with a single activity, such as posing for a portrait or reading a book.
- n. A session, as of a legislature or court.
- n. An act, condition, or period of brooding on eggs by a bird; incubation.
- n. The number of eggs under a brooding bird; a clutch.
- adj. Incubating a nest of eggs: a sitting hen.
- adj. Occupying an official position; incumbent.
- adj. Of or for sitting: a sitting posture; a sitting area in a bus station.
- adj. Done or executed while sitting.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A meeting of a body for the discussion or transaction of business; an official session.
- n. The interval during which, at any one time, one sits; specifically, such a period during which one sits for an artist to take a portrait, model a bust, etc.; hence, generally, any one limited portion of time.
- n. An incubation; a brooding, as of a hen upon eggs; also, the time for brooding, or during which a bird broods.
- n. The number of eggs on which a bird sits during a single hatching; a clutch.
- n. The place where one sits; a seat; specifically, a space sufficient for one person in a pew of a church, or the right to such a seat.
- n. Settlement; place of abode; seat.
- n. In English law, the part of the year in which judicial business is transacted. See Easter term, under Easter, and Trinity term, Michaelmas term, and Hilary term, under termination
- n. In the Society of Friends, an occasion of family worship, especially when a minister is a guest.
- Pertaining to or characteristic of a sitter: as, a sitting posture.
- In bot, sessile—that is, without petiole, peduncle, or pedicel, etc.
- Befitting; suitable; becoming.
- n. a period during which one is seated for a specific purpose
- n. a legislative session
- n. the act (of a bird) of incubating eggs; the clutch of eggs under a brooding bird
- v. present participle of sit.
- adj. executed from a sitting position
- adj. occupying a specific official or legal position; incumbent
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Being in the state, or the position, of one who, or that which, sits.
- n. The state or act of one who sits; the posture of one who occupies a seat.
- n. A seat, or the space occupied by or allotted for a person, in a church, theater, etc..
- n. The act or time of sitting, as to a portrait painter, photographer, etc.
- n. The actual presence or meeting of any body of men in their seats, clothed with authority to transact business; a session.
- n. The time during which one sits while doing something, as reading a book, playing a game, etc.
- n. A brooding over eggs for hatching, as by fowls.
- adj. not moving and therefore easy to attack
- adj. (of persons) having the torso erect and legs bent with the body supported on the buttocks
- n. (photography) the act of assuming a certain position (as for a photograph or portrait)
- n. a meeting of spiritualists
- n. a session as of a legislature or court
- n. the act of assuming or maintaining a seated position
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“He says he's fighting his sex sting guilty plea, and he says he's not going to spend the rest of his term sitting around, tapping his feet.”
“COOPER: Walter, you used the term sitting ducks in describing U.S. troops.”
“Now we have Gadhafi however you spell his name sitting in a freezer like Frankie Carbone at the end of Goodfellas.”
“If she's attending a more sedentary event, she'll pull out what she calls her "sitting shoes," which are more embellished and have a higher heel.”
“We all have to do what we call sitting in traffic.”
“Of course, a geisha never really "sits" while wearing kimono; what we call sitting is probably what other people would call kneeling.”
“His own house was very quiet; he could not hear his wife's voice, nor the sound of Nina's footsteps in the big room, opening on the verandah, which he called his sitting-room, whenever, in the company of white men, he wished to assert his claims to the commonplace decencies of civilisation.”
“Corey had not been in this room before; the family had always received him in what they called the sitting-room.”
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